Clashing diary commitments sometimes mean that not all of our small 'Collective' can take part in every event. For our May event we have a different situation to report as one of our members has recently moved out of the area – exciting for her but sad for us.

Trixie Flory is a textile artist famed for her fabulously vibrant fabric creations and is one of the original members of our Collective. Trixie helped shape the event into what it is today.

Trixie’s stall was always a riot of ‘colourful gorgeousness’ and a real draw for visitors.  Her textile items are colourful, quirky – and practical. You have got to love her crochet critters and embellished felt bags. 

Something that may not be as widely known to our visitors was Trixie’s amazing cooking skills - the cakes she made for the Vintage Cafe were always exquisite and her cheesy biscuits were just YUM.

Trixie, we wish you well in your artistic endeavours in the future and want you to know that you will be missed by all of us – and the Pugin Rooms will be a less colourful place without you. Do come back and visit us when you are able.

The photos below of Trixie's stall were taken at our event in December 2012:
Picture of handmade felt bags made by Trixie Flory
A selection of Trixie's felt bags
Here is the first in our 'Meet and Greet' series which leading up to our December event will profile in turn the talented artist makers that make up our cooperative. Read on to learn a bit more about our colourful feltmaker extraordinaire - Trixie Flory.
Introduce yourself briefly:
I am Trixie Flory. I originally worked for Christies, but came to being a mother with delight. Via a bit of wonky pottery I have ended up just having a good time with my ideas, I do like to make things that are useful as well as fun (well sort of!)  
Tell us about your workspace?: I have spent the last few years having fun and working in my shed and at my kitchen table.
What inspires you?: Texture, colour and pattern, classic design and great works of art. 
How and when did you get involved with Collective Art in Marlow?: I have been involved with the Marlow collective since we begun, one summer a few years ago.
What is your favourite technique?: I love to use my embellishing machine to create sections of fabric, which can then be used to make things that are helpful.
Apart from feltmaking and textiles, do you have any other creative interests?: I am able to put together bits and pieces to turn nothing much into jewellery, and I like to take an idea and make it mine with stuff from my head!
Tell us about where else we can see your work?: I currently sell my work at the Windsor Emporium, and intermittently in the Craft Coop venues in Maidenhead, or out of my shed at home.
As a bit of fun we also asked Trixie some more random questions:

Favourite film:
The Railway Children
Pets: None
Favourite place to be: London
Person I'd most like to invite to dinner: My grown up children
Random fact about me: I have red hair, but don't care!